TO New Zealand, where a ”great little gift for the mancave”* has sold at auction for $955. Ian James now wons a tabby cat rug. The cat was found by Tauranga taxidermist Andrew Lancaster by the Napier-to-Taupo highway. He explains: “I thought ‘that’s a pretty nice looking cat’, did a U-turn and picked it up.”
* Not a euphemism. The Tabby Rug is not a merkin.
IN 1938, Listerine featured the woman who was a ‘Hitchhiker On the Highway of Love’. Could she be helped before the trucker with the axe pulled over?
INVENTOR of the day is Sean O’Connor. He invented theBatter Blaster - the pancake / waffle mix in a can. He says:
“We’ve had quite a few emails from dads, divorced dads or single dads, that are like, ‘Hey Batter Blaster, I can make heart-shaped pancakes for my girls on the weekends and I’m a hero.’”
COOL ad watch: Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh — It’s What You See Is What You Get Food:
EVER find a kitten inside a sausage? Krod Yotchomrang, 52, did. She found the kitten inside a batch of foot-long sausages bought from a local market in Satuk district Thailand’s Buri Ram province. Says Krod:
“I was cutting the third sausage when I noticed what looked like a small cat. We almost threw up when we realised we were eating the body of a kitten for dinner.”
(In Thailand kittens are tea-time fare. The Thai’s are sticklers for standards.)
TO the Irish Kennel Club Pet Dog Expo 2013.
KICK STARTER project of the DAY: The Shirt Shirt. It might be a parody:
FIFTY Shades of Grey completely took over the world, giving people the chance to indulge themselves in the darker side of Mills and Boon and revel in some of the most clunky euphemisms for the vagina ever committed to a page. All good fun and a rather sweet way of getting your rocks off, compared to brutal 3 minute internet clips of tattooed LA starlets getting ravaged by men hung like wheelie-bins.
A film adaptation of EL James’ ‘Fifty Shades’ was inevitable and 99% of the world’s press rubbed their thighs with mucky fever, talking openly about which famous actress they’d most like to see getting spanked on the silver screen.
FLASHBACK to July 1951: A grocer’s shop window in London. Biscuits by weight. Sago. And cans are the greatest:
TO China, where Granny Yang, 87, is showcasing her massive hen’s egg. Media has massed in Bijie in Guizhou so see the massive egg. Says Yang, as the shell cracks revealing two yolks and an intact entire egg inside:
“I’m more than 80 now, but I have never seen eggs like this before.”
WE love great graffiti. This is a work by Nuxuno Xän, in Fort De France, Martinique. See more great art here.
Spotter: Street Art Utopia.
SWEDISH fashion store H&M is wrapping its outfits on size 40-42 mannequins. What it invests in more plastic and reduced floor space, it will reap in good PR.
WE like Luke Hollington’s work. Syd, as he’s also known, has been enlivening dead shop fronts in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. The sign above one store reads ‘Vomit’, not Comet. Blockbuster has been altered to ‘Blockbust’. The HMV sign has been adapted to feature the brand’s Nipper hanging dead from a chain.
EBAY seller thedoctorwhoguide2012 has a great array of good for sale. Look out for Dot Cotton, EastEnders’ Pat Butcher and Harry Styles:
THE Last Supper has been recorded in art many times over. In this version of Leonardo da Vinci’s late 1490s mural painting, Gillian Joyce has Jesus Christ played by Ronald McDonald. It’s called The Gluttony of the Last Supper. But there are only six drinks. And though we are being invited to be the fourth wall, it’s like spotting a Stag Night party through a window, getting in the food before the real gluttony begins. Anyhow, I’ve included it because it’s Pope Francis’s First Day, and this is pretty much what his celebration dinner looks like…
IAN Berriman has reviewed The Life And Scandalous Times Of John Nathan-Turner. He died in 2002. In life, he was notable as the producer of the hit BBC TV show Doctor Who (1980-89). Given the revelations about BBC stalwart Jimmy Savile and other allegations levelled against other former BBC employees, the book’s publication is sure to be of interest to the elite in Broadcasting House.
Chapter Eight is entitled “Hanky Panky”. Author Richard Marson asks: “Was John Nathan-Turner a paedophile?”
TESCO has bits of horse in its meatloaf. Days ago, the supermarket said it had no horse left in its ready meals. But then it found some. Horses, eh. They sneak right up on you.
In other news, we learn that Tesco has bought a chain of hight street eateries. The chain’s name? GIRAFFE! Says the BBC headline:
TESCO BUYS GIRAFFE RESTAURANTS
Forgetting to add: “PIG MAKES DO WITH HORSE BURGER TAKEAWAY”
IN Australia, a call has gone out for large kangaroo scrotums. John Kreuger of Townsville, Queensland, tells his local paper that the lack of big bouncing balls could hurt his business.
Mr Kreuger, 71, makes his living tanning and stuffing roo testicles. At his peak, he can process 500 hollowed scrota with his Acme “de-nutter”. He then fashions the balls into bottle openers and sells them for $25 a pop.